It’s tough to avoid fatigue at this time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, you may find yourself on overload. Shopping, cooking, hosting gatherings, traveling, and attending parties take time and energy, and you’re doing all this in addition to your usual work and family commitments. Feeling like you’re running on empty and losing focus are common signs of fatigue.
There are a few simple ways to boost your energy levels and avoid fatigue during the holidays. First, if you’ve been concerned about symptoms of fatigue even before the holiday season, you may want to check with your doctor and rule out a fatigue-related medical condition. But if it’s the holiday hustle and bustle that’s wearing you down, these five tips for fighting fatigue can help.
- Drink water. Fatigue is one of the first symptoms of dehydration. If you’re not drinking the recommended eight glasses of water every day, make an effort to keep a water bottle with you when you’re at the mall or at your desk. Sip water at parties. Be sure you drink water when you exercise, too. Even moderate dehydration can zap your energy.
- Avoid stimulants and alcohol. Short-term solutions like candy bars and energy drinks may pick you up, but the crash landing can be worse than the energy ebb you were feeling in the first place. Avoid fatigue without relying on the false sense of energy supplied by stimulants. The same goes for alcohol, which gives you a temporary sense of well being, but is actually a depressant that can rob you of energy, cause dehydration, and make it difficult to sleep at night.
- Get some exercise. It’s strange but true: using energy produces energy. Exercising for 30+ minutes five days a week is one of the best ways to avoid fatigue. Regular exercise increases circulation to help you stay alert and feeling energetic. It can help you get a good night’s sleep. And because exercising can boost the levels of feel-good hormones in your system, you’re likely to feel more positive as you go through your list of things to do this holiday.
- Eat energy-promoting foods. Many holiday traditions center around food, but instead of trying so hard not to splurge at those special meals, make sure your daily diet is packed with the nutrients you need to avoid fatigue. Lean proteins, pumpkin seeds, fiber-rich cereals, yogurt and nuts contain essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients your body needs to maintain a high energy level.
- ‘Tis the season to sleep! With crazy holiday schedules, getting a full night of restful sleep helps you avoid fatigue during the day. Have trouble sleeping? Try to make an effort to wind down for an hour before you go to bed – drink a cup of caffeine-free tea, turn off the TV and curl up with a book, or make a list of what you want to accomplish tomorrow (this can help you avoid waking up and mentally going over your to-do’s at 2 a.m.).
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